On Saturday evening, April 25, nearly 100 Patriots gathered for the Republican Lawrence County Lincoln Day Dinner. FHA personnel, Dale Bartscher and Norman Woods, were invited to attend, put up our FHA Display and place our FHA Pocket Constitutions at each place setting. The evening’s theme was “Let Freedom Prevail!” Their keynote speaker was Mark Skogerboe of Rapid City. Mark is often called The Freedom Poet and spoke inspirationally on the topic: “Celebrating Abraham Lincoln, A Man of the Ages!” It was a great night of FHA’s connecting with dignitaries from across the state including Qusi Al’haj, Senator Thune’s West River Director and SD AG Marty Jackley pictured here with Dale. Speaking of his day….and then 153 years latter to our day…President Abraham Lincoln in his speech to Congress in 1862 said prophetically: “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the storm present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our children.”
On Tuesday, April 21, Representative Scott Craig, Pastor Sean McPherson and FHA Executive Director Dale Bartscher left Rapid City by 6:00 a.m. to make their way to Pierre for the Annual Meeting of the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA). They were there to REASON with the eight Directors of this Board concerning the High School Transgender Athletic Policy they passed in April, 2014. Our SD State Legislature unsuccessfully attempted to VOID this policy during the 2015 Legislative Session. The SD House of Representatives overwhelmingly supported HB1195 which attempted to do just that but the SD Senate fell TWO VOTES short of following suit.
Thus this High School Transgender Athletic Policy was back on the SDHSAA’s agenda in order to give us an opportunity to share our view on this flawed and unnecessary policy. Our UNITED VOICE was clear as the SDHSAA’s Board of Directors were asked to Void the Policy and go back to having the sex that is recorded on a student’s birth certificate as the identifier for one to play in High School Sports.
The line-up of TWELVE TESTIMONIALS shared was impressive and included: Rep. Jim Bolin, Linda Schauer (CWA), John R. Hughes (Sioux Falls Attorney – via a letter), Rep. Scott Craig, Mark Chase (SDFPC), Amy Wagner (SD NDP), Rep. Steve Haugaard, Terri Jorgenson (CWA), Pastor Sean McPherson, Julie Hewitt (RCCS Principal), Senator Brock Greenfield and Dale Bartscher (FHA Action). The pro-transgender athletic policy side mustered up THREE testimonials.
The SDHSAA’s Board and Staff were more than professional and accommodating as they listened to every word shared during the 60+ minutes of testimony. Going into Tuesday’s hearing we knew that NO ACTION would be forth coming that day but it was our opportunity to make our case and go on record seeking for this ILL-ADVISED POLICY to be VOIDED.
Where do we go from here? On May 15 the SD Associated School Boards will hold a ‘Working Session’ to decide upon a recommendation to send to the SDHSAA’s Board of Directors. Upon receiving their recommendation the SDHSAA Board of Directors will then make their final decision. We don’t know when this decision will be forth coming BUT you can count on the fact that we will ALL be watching, waiting and PRAYING for GOOD NEWS and if not then it’s back to the drawing table with them or the 2016 State Legislature. So stay tuned my friends as this issue is not going away anytime soon!
While at CPAC last week I and our friend (and Advisory Council member) Bob Fischer had the privilege to visit one-on-one with Gary Bauer. Gary is sort of the Jack Bauer (no relation) in the fight for the family. He was fighting for the family long before most folks even knew there was a fight. He served as Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to President Reagan from 1987-88 and served as President of Family Research Council from 1988 to 1999. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Bauer can also list the fact that he was the first Stand Banquet Keynote for Family Heritage Alliance.
We had already heard most of the potential contenders for the Republican nomination, and Bob and I were attending a reception on justice reform when we bumped into Mr. Bauer. I was anxious to hear his observations. As we discussed the political landscape, Gary said something that caught me off guard. He said that for the last six years, we have been enduring a “sort of slow-motion coup”. He went on to state that (referring to the 2016 Presidential election) “we have to get this one right”. So many of the speakers who took to the main CPAC stage had, in one way or another, with some urgency, made similar statements. On Saturday morning, Mark Levin took to the stage and stated bluntly “we are losing our Republic.” He went on to invoke the Declaration of Independence in which the Continental Congress laid out their grievances against the King of England, quoting: “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world…” Levin continued by laying out a list of grievances against the current administration that he wanted presented “to a candid world”. Here is an abridged list: Mr. Obama, you …
Have violated the separation of powers
Have seized unto yourself legislative power granted to congress alone
Have unilaterally appropriated monies to fund your radical agenda in violation of Congress’s power of the purse
Have contravened congress’s authority over immigration and naturalization
Defy the Senate’s confirmation power over your appointments requiring intervention by the Supreme Court to stop you
Have poisoned the independence of the Judiciary by appointing scores of radical activists to lifetime judicial appointments…to insure your unconstitutional actions are everlasting
Have repeatedly evaded the Senate’s role in the adoption of treaties…calling them “executive agreements”
Have shown nothing but contempt for the Bill of Rights including 1st 2nd 4th 9th and 10th amendments
Have shown nothing but contempt for private property and free market capitalism evidenced by among other things your nationalizing the internet, the banks, the student loan industry without any constitutional authority
Have nationalized and destroyed the greatest private health care system on the face of the earth…
Have recklessly destroyed the fiscal wellbeing of this nation with wild spending schemes driving up the federal operating debt to 18.5 trillion dollars…
You have undermined our friend Israel while you appeased our enemy in Iran
Friend, the hour is late. The republic is being replaced by the very form of government that our Founders fled Europe to escape. To our shame as a nation, we have humbly and quietly endured this “slow motion coup”. Someone once proposed that you can boil a frog to death by just gradually turning up the water temperature. I don’t know if that’s true. Nor do I have a clue why you would want to do that. However, I do know that the environment change that should have all Americans alarmed is the ever so gradual but steady turning up the temperature under the American Republic. I know at this point in the article, most organizations immediately insert an ask for money. I am not going to do that. What I am going to do is inform you that your kids and their kids are going to suffer enormous and long term consequences if we don’t put aside our petty little differences and unite to restore the precious Republic! Get involved! Donate your time, your money, your expertise, and your attention. At this point that last one just might be the most important. For God’s sake; for your kids and grandkids sake; for the Republic’s sake, pay attention!
Written By: John Dennis
On December 11 and 13, FHA Action hosted our Legislative Briefings ahead of the South Dakota 2015 Legislative Session. Invited were all SD Legislators, Community Leaders, and their spouses. The following are important highlights from the events. At each location 15 different Bills and/or Resolutions, or a concept of such, were openly discussed along with an education on what FHA Action and her lobbyists (Dale and Norman) will be doing in Pierre during this upcoming Legislative Session.
On Thursday, December 11, at the Sioux Falls Central Baptist Church, FHA Action held a briefing for legislators with the following results.
FHA Action Represented By: Dale, Norman Woods, Jordon Wilson (FHA Intern)
Legislators in Attendance: 21
Family Valued Organizations in Attendance: 9 … Eagle Forum, Family Matters, Right To Life, Alpha Center, Concerned Women For America, Americans For Prosperity, Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, SDFPC, SD Social Justice League
Pastors in Attendance: 3
On Saturday, December 13, at the Rapid City Dove Christian Center, FHA Action held a briefing for legislators with the following results.
FHA Action Represented By: Board Members, Advisory Council Members, and Staff
Legislators in Attendance: 13
It was great having Sheriff Kevin Thom in the house
Pastor Jason Stuen (Dove Christian Center) — Opened us in Prayer
Thanks to all who volunteered and worked to provide meals and venue for these important events.
On Tuesday, December 2, FHA Executive Director Dale Bartscher, accompanied by FHA Staff Norman Woods and FHA Board Member and Representative Scott Craig, made their way to Pierre for the SD Governor’s Budget Address. It was also a wonderful opportunity for FHA Lobbyists Bartscher and Woods to interact with the many returning and new SD Legislators like Representative ‘Elect’ Jeff Partridge of Rapid City pictured here with Dale.
As you’ll quickly notice, by the attached photos, it is also “Christmas At The Capitol”. Dozens and dozens of trees grace the hall ways of our State Capitol and each with a story to tell. If you haven’t see this amazing scene then why not take a trip to Pierre in the next three weeks and visit YOUR HOUSE — the SD State Capitol.
The House Gallery was PACKED as people from across the state gathered to hear the Governor’s thoughts on his proposed budget which must now be considered for a vote by the SD State Legislature. FHA Action was in attendance because this proposed state budget is a ‘Family Value’ effecting every South Dakotan in either a positive or negative way. The Governor made it clear that, compared to the rest of the Country, South Dakota is in a very good financial condition. He very methodically walked through the projected income and expenses we may well see in the coming year. When all was said and done (after an hour and 20 minute address) he shared, “This is A plan and not THE plan but I hope you will find this to be the BEST plan!” Well, we’ll see come January 13 when the 2015 SD State Legislature gavels into session.
Remember: Stay tuned to FHAaction.org during the 2015 Legislative Session as we review those bills and/or resolutions — the good, the bad and the ugly. This is your source of legislative information from January 13 to March 30, 2015.
Yes, it was a fantastic day in the Southern Hills on Saturday, October 4! The FHA was very thankful for the Custer County Republicans for hosting a Western Cast Iron Dinner in Hermosa. FHA ACTION’s Executive Director Dale Bartscher was asked to open the event in prayer and then later, during the program, shared, with those Patriots gathered, the FHA Story. The events Keynote Speaker was Governor Mike Rounds whom the FHA ACTION has enthusiastically endorsed as South Dakota’s next US Senator.
We can’t thank the FHA Advisory Council enough for the hard work they put into the August 17 Ice Cream Social. The work of FHA Action is so vital, but because the donations to this work (since it is a 501c4 organization) are not tax deductible, it is often difficult to find folks who are willing to donate. The event was planned to benefit FHA Action, and we were honored to have the Mayor of Rapid City as our keynote speaker for the evening. The evening was a perfect one, and Mayor Sam Kooiker, who’s wit, humor, and faith in God are always on display, was in top form. In a humorous, and often touching way, he shared the story of his life and faith. We even had in attendance, some folks who are new to the work of FHA and FHA Action. By all accounts, the evening was a huge success. So, officially, from all of us at FHA Action, thank you to the Advisory Council and Mayor Kooiker for all you did Sunday evening to advance the cause of FHA Action.
In the upcoming election, as you get your ballot in hand, you will find that the gaming industry would very much like for you to literally amend the South Dakota constitution to allow them to once again expand the reach of gambling. FHA Action isn’t going to be quiet on this one because it makes us a bit queasy. Below, find our prepared statement on the issue!
A “NO” vote on Amendment Q will slow the almost constant expansion of gambling in the state of South Dakota.
Currently, in the state of South Dakota, roulette, keno, and craps are not permitted, but limited card games and slot machines are permitted in Deadwood. Also, a sixty percent super majority vote by Deadwood city voters is required to approve a piece of legislation allowing a gambling facility. This proposed amendment to the constitution will change this, permitting the state legislature to authorize roulette, keno, and craps. Whereas in most cases, free market should be the primary regulator of business, in the case of an industry that generates so much addiction, societal ills, and even suicide, this should not be the case regarding the gambling industry. For instance, The National Council on Problem Gaming (NCPG) estimates that among South Dakotans, there are 18,000 adult gambling addictions which inflicts on the citizens of the state a whopping annual cost of almost $16 million. The NCPG also estimates that one in five problem gamblers will attempt suicide, putting this statistic at about twice the suicide rate of other addictions.
In addition to the proposed authorization to add roulette, keno, and craps, Amendment Q also proposes a potentially detrimental provision. The amendment would remove the mandatory super majority described above, which serves to provide the people of Deadwood with the power to impede the constant advance of gambling in their city.
Do your part to help slow the expansion of gambling in South Dakota. Vote “NO” on amendment Q.
One year ago today, a bipartisan majority in the House passed historic pro-life legislation that would ban the abortion of unborn children developmentally capable of experiencing pain. The United States is one of just seven countries worldwide that permits elective abortion after 5 months, more than halfway through pregnancy (20 weeks post-fertilization).
Yet despite repeated calls from Senators to allow a vote in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid has refused to allow this legislation to come to the floor. One of the reasons is there has not been a single Democrat cosponsor!
Recent polls show a majority of Americans favor the ban with some of the strongest support coming from women! Two-thirds, in fact, when asked by Quinnipiac pollsters if they backed the ban said they would support prohibiting abortion on children capable of feeling pain.
Advances in medical technology have made this reality clear. Lead sponsor of the bill, Sen. Graham points out, “We now know that an unborn child at the twentieth week of pregnancy can feel pain. In fact, anesthesia is administered directly to unborn children in second trimester fetal surgery.”
It’s been years since the Senate has been poised to respond to the pro-life majority like this and make a meaningful impact for the cause of the unborn, saving upwards of 15,000 babies a year.
Vice President for Government Affairs
A huge FHA Action “THANKS!” goes out to Amy Wagner and the SD National Day of Prayer for sponsoring a benefit “Walk / Run” for us on April 26. Forty folks showed up on a sunny morning at Rapid City’s Memorial Park. A strong contingent of “LifeRunners” was there to support us by participating in the event. Thanks to all who came out. $1000 was raised